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Day 2 - Prague and Budapest

Mark Nobel

May 20, 2019

Arrival in Prague

We had a wonderful first official day in the beautiful city of Prague.

On the 17th our guide Terez√° took us to the New Town. New Town, despite the name, was built in the early 1300s. We saw the municipal square where there will be a political protest later this week. This center is a frequent place for political protest, and we learned about the Velvet revolution which occurred there in the 1980s.The Velvet Revolution was a peaceful protest against the communist regime that had taken over the government. It is called the Velvet Revolution because it was peaceful, and no weapons were used. We also learned about many of the modern people's perspective on communism, and many Czechs want to associate with western Europe because of the more democratic political ideals. We learned also that the country was originally Czechoslovakia from 1918 to the 1990's when it peacefully split into two countries. We finished the day by having a traditional Czech meal which consisted of pork sausage, grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, and a cream-based dessert. Many Czechs like to eat pork because it pairs well with their prized beer. We had a wonderful first official day in the beautiful city of Prague.